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NYIT's E-Newsletter for Staff and Faculty | Tuesday, September 13, 2011


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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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From research to published articles to key presentations, read this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements or review NYIT's archive of faculty and staff accomplishments.

Meet Peter Voci

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Fine Arts Chairperson Peter Voci has designed a 9/11 memorial to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11—one of many projects he creates that blend art and technology. Read more.


NYIT Achieves Best Universities Ranking

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Once again, NYIT has been ranked among the top universities in the north in U.S. News and World Report's 2012 Edition of Best Colleges. This is the 14th straight year that NYIT has achieved a top tier ranking and this year, NYIT jumped 13 places. The rankings are based on a set of up to 16 indicators of excellence used to compare accredited four-year colleges and universities. Read more.



NYIT Community Remembers 9/11


Members of the NYIT community, including President Guiliano, reflected on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Faculty members and students expressed their thoughts through art, film, and more.

There's Still Time to R.S.V.P. for Thursday's Cyber Security Conference

Cyber Security

Don't miss NYIT's Cyber Security Conference this Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Manhattan campus. Experts from NYIT, IBM, AT&T, and the New York State Office of Cyber Security—among others—will discuss vulnerabilities, privacy issues, and widespread security breaches. Keynote speakers include Jeff Crume, distinguished engineer and IT security architect at IBM and Kevin O'Connell, president and CEO of Innovative Analytics and Training, LLC. Register today.

Egyptian Consul General Coming to AOB

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Egyptian Consul General Youssef Zada will speak on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 12:45 to 2 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Read more.



Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs Are Here!


The 2011-2012 undergraduate and graduate catalogs have arrived. To request a printed copy, email and include your campus name and room number. To view catalogs online, go to New this year: all course descriptions are now online in an easy-to-use format at

NYIT Engineering Wins Award for Exemplary Leadership


The World Education Congress will present NYIT with its award for Best Educational Institute in Engineering during the World Congress Asia Awards ceremony at the Taj Palace in Dubai on Sunday, Sept. 25. Read more.

Cast Iron Chef Preview Party

Cast Iron Chef

NYIT Dining Services presents a preview of the first staff and faculty culinary cook-off on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. The cost is $15 for faculty and staff members invited to enjoy food, beverages, and music. The Cast Iron Chef competition will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. R.S.V.P. by calling 516.686.1421 or emailing

Human Resources - New Home for Forms and Benefits

The Office of Human Resources' forms, policies, and benefits information for NYIT faculty and staff members are now available through My NYIT. Log in to download forms here. If you experience trouble with your password for My NYIT, please contact Service Central at 516.686.1400 (on New York campuses at ext. 1400).

OneCard Accepting $ Until Sept. 16

Dining dollars can now only be put on cards during the first two weeks of a semester (Sept. 6-16 and Jan. 2-Feb. 3). Learn more at

Need a Student Worker?

Are you looking to hire a federal work-study student? If so, contact Caren Sobier, assistant director of student employment, at or call 516.686.7606.

Upcoming Events

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Need Certification in Blackboard?
Blackboard certification workshops are running throughout the summer. Register online or call TBLS at 631.348.3317.

Constitution Day Presentation New York Times legal correspondent John Schwartz will give a lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 12:45-2 p.m., NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway between 61st and 62nd Streets, New York City.

Free Flick On Wednesday, Sept. 21, watch the German science-fiction film, Metropolis, at 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, room 102 (The Soundstage). Refreshments will be served.

Architecture and Design Lecture Jason Van Nest, associate professor of architectural building technology, and Farzana Gandhi, visiting assistant professor of architecture, present their lecture, "Thatch for a New Century: Bottle Roofing," on Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, NYIT-Manhattan. Read more.

Propagation Seems Good Here Tonight Terry Nauheim, associate professor of fine arts, performs her latest art project on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, N.Y. Read more.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Gaberiel Bever (, assistant professor of anatomy, published "Variation, Variability, and the Origin of the Avian Endocranium: Insights from Alioramus Altai (Tyrannosauria: Theropoda)" in the August 2011 issue of the journal PLoS One. Read the article.

Carol Dahir, Ed.D. (, professor of education, recently returned from completing a Fulbright project at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, Japan. Her textbook, The Transformed School Counselor, will be adapted for the training of Japanese school counselors in master's programs.

Farshid Delgosha (, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, spoke about cyber security during the interview, "10 Years after 9/11, Cyber Attacks Are Big Threat," on Watch the video.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English and director of technical writing programs, published "The Persistent Peril of the Artificial Slave" in the July issue of the refereed journal Science Fiction Studies. Read an abstract of the article or download the article from his online portfolio at

Charles Pavia, Ph.D. (, associate professor of microbiology, co-authored "Developments in Immunological Technologies Leading to Improvements in Point-of-Care Diagnostic Testing" in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of Microbiological Methods.

Shepard Splain, D.O. (, chairman of surgery at NYCOM, is the director of medical education and chief of orthopedics at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He will direct Brookdale's recently approved orthopedic surgery residency.

Andrew Torres (, assistant professor of architecture at NYIT-Bahrain, wrote "Taking the Horse to Water" in Middle East Interiors. Read the full article.

Vesna Zeljkovic (, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYIT-Nanjing, published "Automatic Object Classification and Image Retrieval by Sobel Edge Detection and Latent Semantic Methods" at the 7th International ICST Mobile Multimedia Communications Conference, Sept. 5-7, Cagliari, Italy.

Raed Abu Zitar, Ph.D. (, assistant dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at NYIT-Amman, will have his paper, "Spam Detection Using Genetic Assisted Artificial Immune System," published in the December 2011 issue of the International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence.

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